Will Your Smile Be Ready For Your Valentine?
- Posted on: Jul 18 2016
What are you getting your Valentine?
Wait, isn’t it July?
Yes, it is, but if you get started now, you could have a new smile in time for Valentine’s Day.
How? You need to schedule a consultation at Clear Lake Dental Care to ask about Six Month Smiles. If you get started soon, you really could have straighter teeth and a nicer smile in time to make next Valentine’s Day a little more special.
If you are curious to learn more about this short-term orthodontic treatment, keep reading or stop by our dentist office in Webster, TX.
Traditional Braces Take Time
Traditional metal braces are excellent fixing a number of alignment problems you may have with your teeth. It’s also true that it has become more common for adults to get braces to fix their smiles.
The thing is people wear braces for about two years on average, which means some people have to wear braces longer than that.
So you have to ask if that is a commitment you want to make at this point in your life. Would you feel comfortable going to work for the next 24 months with metal braces on your teeth? Would you be OK giving up some of the foods that you enjoy for two years to make sure you don’t damage your braces?
That also means committing to two years of visits to the dentist or orthodontist to make adjustments to your braces.
How much time do you want to give for this?
What Do You Want To Change?
Before you either give up or push ahead with wearing traditional braces for as many years as it takes, ask what you really want to change?
Are you looking to make every single tooth in your mouth perfectly straight? Or, are you looking to get a straight smile?
If your primary goal is to have a straight smile, then Six Month Smiles may be a more efficient option.
Six Month Smiles vs. Traditional Braces
We want to start by explaining how braces and Six Month Smiles are the same.
With both of these systems, you will have brackets attached to your teeth. With both of these systems, you will have wires to guide the movement of your teeth.
You will wear those brackets and wires for as long as it takes to straighten your teeth.
And both systems can be used to fix teeth that are crooked, crowded, or have gaps between them.
So what’s different?
Traditional braces move all your teeth. The intent is to align every tooth in your mouth as well as possible.
That means moving your molars, too. Molars are your largest teeth. They are located in the back of your mouth, and you use them to grind food.
These teeth are also heavier than the teeth in the front of your mouth, and that does affect how long it takes to get them to move.
If you have a mirror nearby, take a look at your reflection and smile. If you don’t have a mirror, grab your smartphone and take a smiling selfie.
Take a close look. Do you see your molars? For most of us, our molars aren’t visible or they are just on the periphery of our smiles.
This also explains how Six Month Smiles are different than traditional braces. Six Month Smiles are considered cosmetic orthodontics. The reason you wear these braces is to change the appearance of your smile.
And to do that, all really only need to move the teeth in the front of your mouth.
Since these teeth are smaller and lighter, they can be moved more easily — and in less time — than your molars.
In other words, Six Month Smiles are braces, they are just focused on a few specific teeth instead of every tooth in your mouth.
Ready To Begin?
We focused earlier on traditional metal braces, but you are probably aware that ceramic brackets are available as well. These aren’t invisible, but they are more discreet than metal braces.
Six Month Smiles uses these ceramic brackets.
In other words, you can get the smile you want while wearing braces that are less noticeable for a fraction of the time you would wear traditional braces.
If this sounds like a better way to improve your smile, make plans to consult with one of our dentists if you live in or near Webster, TX. This is the best way to find out if Six Month Smiles or another orthodontic treatment will work for you.
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